Parks Services

The Park Services Division is responsible for professional grounds maintenance of:

  • City Parks
  • School/Parks
  • Building Sites
  • Athletic Fields
  • Playgrounds
  • Color Beds
  • Urban Forestry Program
  • Bird Sanctuary Habitat
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Swimming Pool Landscapes
  • Recreation Center Landscapes
  • Channel Vegetation Control
  • Medians
  • Street Rights-of-Way
  • Coordinates Mowing and Vegetation Control Contracts
  • Landscape Maintenance Contracts
  • Beautification Projects

PARK HOURS

Regulations concerning park hours can be found in Chapter 10.5 of the City Code Book. Neighborhood parks are open to activities and usage during the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., except for approved activities. Park hours are posted on all neighborhood parks.



URBAN FORESTRY PROGRAM

The Urban Forestry Program was created to ensure that the City of Mesquite preserved trees and promoted a positive image regarding tree planting and preservation. The program is comprised of many facets: tree planting, tree preservation, tree relocation/transplanting, hazardous tree maintenance, watering/fertilizing of new trees, proper pruning, repair/removal of storm damaged trees, maintenance of the City’s tree farms, promoting/supporting Arbor Day and other special events, and homeowner information/guidance regarding tree care.

The City of Mesquite has been certified as a Tree City U.S.A. recipient for seventeen consecutive years. This certification is through the National Arbor Day Foundation. To be a Tree City, a city must expend at least $2.00 per capita on forestry-related activities each year.

The City of Mesquite has received other prestigious awards throughout the years. Some of these include:

  • 1990 Urban Forestry Award from the Texas Forest Service
  • 1996 Urban Forestry Award from the Texas Forest Service
  • 1997 Urban Forestry Award from Trinity Blacklands Regional Forestry Council
  • 1997 Growth Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1999 Ten Year Tree City USA Award


LITTER CONTROL

The Park Services Division is responsible for removing litter on an as needed basis from all City parks, special areas, medians, rights-of-way, and some creek channels/drainage ditches.

Questions and concerns regarding litter should be directed to The Park Services Recreation Division at (972) 216-8192.



FISHING PONDS

The Mesquite Parks and Recreation Department has seven properties with water impoundments - Bruton Park, City Lake Park, Palos Verdes Lake Park, Rorie-Galloway Day Camp, Valley Creek Park, Westlake Park, and Wildflower Park. City Lake, one of the largest bodies of water in the city, has been stocked with 1,000 pounds of catfish recently for an event called KidFish. Palos Verdes Lake and Rorie-Galloway Day Camp pond have also been stocked with bass and catfish in months past.



VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Mesquite Parks and Recreation Department has many opportunities for citizens to volunteer their time and talent for many worthwhile projects. Volunteering services allows the City to provide many services to the entire citizenry of Mesquite that might not be available without volunteer assistance.

The Department provides opportunities to Boy Scouts to obtain merit badges and Eagle Scout status. The Park Services Division hosts an Annual Tree Seedling Planting Day each February, and this project would not be possible without volunteers. For other volunteer opportunities contact Volunteer Services at (972) 216-6459 or the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office at (972) 216-6260.